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Ruby Sparks (2012)



Critic Consensus: Cleverly written and wonderfully acted, Ruby Sparks overcomes its occasional lags in pace with an abundance of charm and wit.

Movie Info

Calvin (Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing - as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

Rating: R (for language including some sexual references, and for some drug use)
Genre: Drama , Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Zoe Kazan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2012
Box Office: $2.5M
Fox Searchlight - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Ruby Sparks

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (42)

Sometimes it's worth surrendering to cinematic enchantments, and Ruby Sparks makes a pretty good case for its own magic.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Sure it's been done before -- man brings ideal woman to life -- but not quite like Ruby Sparks. And that sets this film up to be a smart and romantic low-key comedy that goes beyond expectations.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

If the result feels like a Pinocchio story that spends too much time with Geppetto, or a takedown of narcissism that never breaks free of what it's critiquing, Dano nonetheless makes Calvin compelling company.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Top Critic

Kazan winds up indulging in the very wish-fulfillment she initially sets out to deconstruct.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

Ruby Sparks flirts with preciousness and has less fun with its premise than it could have, but that's because it's actually a gently touching metaphorical drama about the real essence of love.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Ruby Sparks might have been more fun if Cal were written to be expansive instead of a worrywart in the middle-aged Matthew Broderick mode.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ruby Sparks


Starts out charmingly as a frothy, wish fulfillment romantic fantasy. Had it stayed with that concept it would have been a cute comedy unfortunately about 3/4 of the way through the male lead starts acting like an incredible jackass and the film turns dark never finding its footing again. A disappointing miss.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A novelist's main character comes off the page and becomes his real-life dream girl.
In its epistemological themes and its depiction of malignant patriarchy, Ruby Sparks is profound and intellectually satisfying, and it's to the film's credit that it balances heavy philosophical issues with comic relief. The creation of a dream girl, a quirky and willing beauty, seems attractive on its face, but the power this task involves makes one question whether it is appropriate. And once God - the author Calvin in this case - is given too much power, what happens to the automaton, his creation. *Spoiler Alert* The theme is better expressed had it ended sooner, without the expectation of happiness.
Paul Dano is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. His lanky mawkishness is balance by the clarity of his expression, and he has a talent for choosing only the most promising projects.
Overall, I really liked this film because it's both deep and enjoyable on the surface.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

four stars

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Super Reviewer

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